Archives and family history

Archive collections are held at:

If you would like to view any of the archives please contact the relevant site above to make an appointment, as collections are not always instantly available.

The Register Office in Blackburn holds all records of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnership formations that have taken place in Blackburn with Darwen since 1 July 1837.

Genealogy (the study of families and tracing lineages and history) is a fast growing pastime for many people. We endeavour to comply with all requests received but we cannot undertake extensive and vague searches.

There are extensive tools family historians can access:

  • Blackburn Central Library has a family history section holding various source materials, such as parish records, local papers etc. It also holds microfiche copies of the General Register Office Index (sometimes known as the Saint Catherine's House indexes) which provide a district, year and quarter
  • there is also a local family history society whose members are welcoming and happy to pass their expertise onto new starters
  • the Internet can be used to look into Genealogy.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, in conjunction with the Blackburn Family History Society, has created an index of all the births, deaths and marriages occurring in the Borough of Blackburn with Darwen from 1 July 1837 to 31st December 2000.

The indexes can be found on